Cisco offers a comprehensive portfolio of wireless LAN devices and technologies designed to enable continual access to data and other resources and to facilitate teamwork among workers, associates, vendors, and clients. Cisco's wireless product families include Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points, plus Cisco's Wireless Network Controller modules and standalone devices. Progent's Cisco-certified wireless experts can enable businesses of any size to deploy Cisco wireless solutions to support the current paradigm of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) computing by converging their wired/wireless environments to achieve simplified deployment, predictable performance, centralized management, uniform policy, fault tolerance, and advanced protection.
Cisco's Converged Security Architecture for BYOD and Wired/Wireless Access
The Cisco Unified Wireless solution can scale to up to 18,000 access points with full Layer 3 mobility at central or offsite locations like business headquarters, university auditoriums, branch offices, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's Wi-Fi APs and wireless controllers are components of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to support the identical level of protection, throughput, and manageability for wireless networks that companies expect in their wired networks. Cisco's architecture incorporates integrated mobility services like Voice over IP, IP video, and secure guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network solution allows organizations to build Wi-Fi ecosystems that streamline the way they work and enhance output via a mobile and connected workforce.
Progent's Cisco-certified network infrastructure consulting services can provide online or on-premises expertise to help you to design, deploy, manage, expand, and troubleshoot converged wired/wireless network infrastructure of any size and for any environment. In addition, Progent offers affordable online and onsite Wi-Fi site surveys to help your company to design and install a wireless LAN with customized AP clustering optimized for your specific work area layout, building characteristics, and intended application.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points (APs)
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki families of APs enable you to integrate wired and wireless networks to deliver the accessibility, capacity, throughput, security compliance and manageability needed for virtually any environment. Cisco's wireless access points start at entry-level, single-radio 802.11b/g/n units with throughput of 300 Mbps designed for very small companies or home offices to dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n/ac wireless access points capable of handling hundreds of clients per AP and offering data rates as high as 1.9 Gb. Cisco's current selection of APs can be combined or clustered to provide the scale to handle environments crowded with clients and with high usage rates of video-intense application software.
Small Business Series of APs
Cisco's Small Business Family of APs are Linux-based devices intended as entry-level 802.11n Wi-Fi solutions for small offices. Many models in the Cisco Small Business family of access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which makes it possible to set up, control and troubleshoot a cluster of wireless access points from a single device via an intuitive web browser interface. All models support Power over Ethernet (POE) and feature QoS, rogue AP awareness, and bridging for wirelessly connecting to a second network.
The Cisco Small Business WAP121 Wireless-N AP is a wallmount, single-radio 2.4GHz device that can support 16 802.11n clients, includes a Fast Ethernet port, allows up to four access pointss and 40 active clients in a cluster, and can handle throughput of 300 Mbps. The Cisco Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-radio 802.11a/b/g/n access point able to support 16 wireless clients per radio for a total of up to 32 clients, includes a Gigabit Ethernet port, and can support sustained data rates of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 Wireless-N does not allow AP clustering. Cisco's WAP150 is an entry-level Wave 1 dual-radio AC/n access point that includes a 1xGE Poe port and can support 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps performance for AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. Cisco's Small Business WAP150 allows four access points for each cluster.
Cisco's Small Business WAP321 model is a wall-mountable single-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n device with support for 80 wireless clients in an 8-device cluster. The Cisco WAP321 features a GE port and can support throughput of 300 Mbps for the activated radio. Cisco's WAP351 is a dual-radio 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet interface and can support 32 active wireless clients on each radio for a total of up to 64 active clients, and deliver a data rate of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 AP does not support clustering. The Cisco WAP361 is a dual-radio 802.11ac Wave 1 access point that features a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet LAN switch, can support 32 active WLAN clients per radio, and delivers 867 Mbps throughput for wireless AC clients and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n devices. The Cisco Small Business WAP361 supports 8 WAP361 access points for each cluster. Cisco's wallmount WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band AP that works with 802.11n as well as the new 802.11ac IEEE specification. The WAP371 includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, can support as many as 32 wireless clients on each radio, and eight APs for each cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio Selectable Band wireless access point features one 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN interface and two concurrent radios that deliver 450 Mbps performance per radio, can handle 64 devices for each radio, and allow 16 wireless access points for each cluster. The Cisco WAP551 is similar to the WAP 561 but has a single radio selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). The Cisco Small Business WAP571 and WAP571E (a ruggedized outside model) are dual-radio 802.11ac APs incorporating 2 x GE ports with link aggregation, and as high as 1.9 Gigabit/sec throughput with 1300 Mbps on 802.11ac and 600 Mbps on 802.11n. Both wireless access points support 32 active WAN clients per radio and 16 wireless access points on each cluster.
Cisco's Aironet Family of Wireless Access Points
The Aironet portfolio of indoor and outdoor wireless access points has consistently been the leading access point product. Aironet wireless access points range from value priced devices to advanced units. The Aironet family span several generations of models supporting the evolving 802.11x Wi-Fi standard. The latest line of Aironet wireless access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network architecture and include 802.11ac Wi-Fi support, which offers triple the throughput as well as superior coverage and user density in comparison to the prior generation of APs. Cisco's latest multi-frequency Aironet APs can support 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that lack 802.11ac radios.
The earliest Aironet access points are legacy devices that have reached end-of-sale status and are not supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the entire Aironet family of access points and can assist your company to maintain your current Aironet Wi-Fi system or upgrade smoothly to current Aironet technology. To find out more about Progent's consulting services for both current and outdated Cisco Aironet wireless access points, refer to Aironet wireless access points consulting services.
Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's portfolio of Meraki 2.4/5 GHz indoor wireless access points range from value-priced devices for small businesses to enterprise-class units that offer as high as 2.5 Gbit/sec performance. Each Meraki indoor wireless access point offers next-generation capabilities such as self-configuring plug-and-play installation, advanced protection, Bring-Your-Own-Device support, extensive analytics, zero-touch over-the-web firmware updates, and centralized cloud management for multiple sites. Each Cisco Meraki indoor AP also includes dual high-power client-serving radios with enhanced receive sensitivity plus a dedicated radio that offers (WIDS/WIPS) security for threat detection and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 certified, designed to withstand harsh outdoor environments, and able to withstand dust, vibration and moisture. Cisco's Meraki outdoor access points include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and deliver advanced capabilities such as cloud management with multi-site visibility, native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), 1-click guest access and guest isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO. For more information about Progent's consulting services for Meraki access points and management, refer to Meraki access points consulting.
Cisco Wave 2 Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers allow fast communication, configuration, administration, analysis and troubleshooting for Cisco wireless appliances and services. Cisco has developed both physical and virtual wireless controllers for unified management of WiFi environments, but systems with many wireless access points are better served by physical Wi-Fi controllers. New wireless controller devices from Cisco offer significant advantages in comparison to Wave 1 and earlier models such as greater throughput, concurrent support for 1G and 10G Ethernet, improved application visibility and control (AVC), and advanced, built-in security.
The Cisco 3504 Wireless Controller is a value-priced device with a desktop body and designed for small and medium-sized organizations. You can install the 3504 model in a centralized WLAN architecture such as in small branch and home-based offices administered over the WAN via FlexConnect, or in mesh installations where wiring is limited. The 3504 wireless controller can handle as many as 150 access points and 3,000 users, offers 4 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 3504 controller includes a multi-gigabit Ethernet interface and four 1-GB Ethernet connections. APs can be connected directly to the controller via two PoE ports. The 3504 wireless controller features subsecond failover for access points and clients, which provides nonstop availability for apps. As with other Wave 2 Wi-Fi controllers from Cisco, the 3504 device has the integrated ability to work with Cisco Prime Infrastructure, Cisco Mobility Services, and Cisco 5520 and 8540 wireless controllers.
Cisco's 5520 WiFi Controller, available in a 1RU enclosure, is designed to support larger enterprises and campus environments and can be used in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments. The 5520 wireless controller can handle up to 1,500 wireless APs and 20,000 users, delivers 20 Gbps throughput, and supports up to 4,096 VLANs. The 5520 WiFi controller features two 10 GE interfaces and incorporates SSD storage, backup fans, optional dual power supplies, and subsecond failover for high availability.
Cisco's 8540 Wireless Controller, available in a 2 rack unit (RU) package, is a high-end WiFi controller designed to support large enterprises, service providers, and large campuses. The 8540 Wireless controller can be run in centralized, distributed, and mesh deployments and can handle as many as 6,000 Wi-Fi access points and 64,000 client users. The 8540 WiFi controller offers throughput up to 40 Gbps and supports 4,096 VLANs. The 8540 controller comes with four 1-GB or 10GE ports and features solid-state storage, redundant power supplies, redundant fans, and subsecond failover.
Wave 1 Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless network controllers reduce the time and cost required to configure, manage, and troubleshoot Wi-Fi networks by offering single-point control of critical tasks like setting up APs, applying consistent policies across wired/wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide Quality of Service (QoS) for voice and video, tracking and optimizing system performance, implementing wireless intrusion prevention system (wIPS) capabilities to defend against cyber break-ins and Denial of Service attacks, and handling IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has developed wireless LAN controllers for businesses of any size and can provide standalone desktop appliances, modular add-on controllers for Cisco ISR routers and Catalyst switches, and Catalyst switches with integrated wireless LAN controllers.
Cisco's Wave 1 WiFi network controllers include Cisco CleanAir tools to avoid RF interference and create self-optimizing wireless LANs for top 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput and protection. Integrated Apple Bonjour Gateways allow discovery across the enterprise for Apple-based applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless LAN controllers support AP and client stateful failover by permitting a backup HA controller to synchronize with a primary wireless controller for access point license tabulation, CAPWAP state and roaming keys, and access point CAPWAP state. In case the primary controller goes down, thousands of wireless access points and wireless clients can failover at subsecond speeds to the backup wireless controller.
Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR Routers with UCS-E provides entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac support for Cisco 2900 and 3900 routers used by smaller businesses and branches. This affordable and scalable solution can handle up to 200 access points and up to 6000 clients. (To find out concerning Progent's remote and on-premises consulting and troubleshooting support services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and management services.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches designed for SMBs and branches and have an integrated wireless LAN controller with the ability to handle 40 Gb of wireless capacity per switch and 25 APs and 1000 wireless clients per switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches intended for midsize businesses and large enterprises and feature a built-in wireless LAN controller supporting 40 Gb of wireless capacity on each switch and support for up to 50 access points and up to 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 (WiSM2) is an add-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches with an integrated wireless network controller intended for mid-to-large size businesses and able to deliver 20 Gbps throughput and with support for 1000 wireless access points and as many as 15,000 clients. (To find out about Progent's support for Cisco Catalyst switches, refer to Cisco switches deployment and management support.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are value-priced desktop units that simplify the provisioning and operation of Wi-Fi networks for SMBs and branches. The 2500 Series wireless network controller can manage from five to 75 wireless access points and up to 1000 clients and can deliver sustained data rates of 1 Gbps.
Cisco's 5500 Series Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU unit designed for medium-sized to large organizations and campuses and can manage up to 500 access points and 7,000 clients while providing 8 Gbps throughput. The Cisco 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large campuses with the ability to manage 1000 access points and 12,000 wireless clients and delivering throughput of 60 Gbps to handle high client densities and high usage of media-rich applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Wireless Controller is intended to enable centralized management of thousands of wireless branches from one location, avoiding the requirement for a Wi-Fi controller at every remote site. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 allows you to create a private cloud to configure, track, maintain, and repair up to 6000 wireless access points and up to 64,000 wireless clients while supporting 1 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device designed to monitor and manage Wi-Fi environments for very large campuses or for service providers and can scale to support up to 6000 wireless points and up to 64,000 clients while offering 10 Gbps throughput.
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Legacy Cisco APs, Bridges and Wi-Fi Controllers Supported by Progent
The IEEE 802.11ac standard for Wi-Fi virtually made obsolete the prior generations of Wi-Fi products for many environments that have high densities of clients and high incidence of video-intensive software applications. Even for businesses who do not currently need the performance of 802.11ac, a large number of Cisco wireless products have reached end-of-life status, which can pose significant service and compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants provide online and onsite support services for a wide array of earlier-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can in addition help organizations to evaluate the potential ROI for upgrading legacy wireless technology and can help in designing and carrying out affordable, non-disruptive upgrades. The following are a few of Cisco older-generation wireless devices that Progent's consultants continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1000/1130AG Series wireless access points are designed for conventional workplaces and other sites which have little environmental instability. These products have integrated antennas that provide dependable radio coverage profiles. The Cisco 1130G Series product is available for restricted domains that do not allow 802.11a operation.
Aironet 1230AG or 1240AG Series wireless access points are designed for more difficult radio frequency environments like factories and warehouses or above ceiling structures which often call for flexible external antennas and ruggedized enclosures. The Cisco Aironet 1240G Series wireless access point is available for regulatory domains that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz operation.
Cisco Aironet 1500 family lightweight outdoor wireless mesh LAN access points offer an economical, expandable, protected outdoor Wi-Fi mechanism for campus areas and for public venues that require connectivity for portable devices.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Bridges
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges provide a high-throughput and multi-featured technology for integrating multiple local area networks in a metro situation or public access environment. Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer a versatile, manageable solution that meets the security demands of WAN specialists. These devices support both PTP and P2MP deployments with excellent range and the ability to handle traffic throughput as high as 54 Mbps.
Cisco Aironet wireless bridges offer throughput dramatically higher than E1/T1 links for a fraction of the expense, eliminating the need for expensive leased lines when linking different buildings. Because bridges carry no periodic costs, the expenses saved on connection bills quickly pay for the startup equipment costs. Private lines and in some cases leased lines using copper or fiber-optic cable often require high up-front costs if they are impeded by barriers such as highways, train tracks, or lakes and rivers. Cisco wireless bridges can be deployed quickly with a fast ROI.
Cisco Aironet 1300 outside access points/bridges can be implemented as stand-alone access points, wireless bridges, or wireless group bridges. These devices have a tough cover and offer high-speed, affordable wireless interfaces between numerous stationary or mobile networks and users.
Cisco 1400 family bridges offer fast, reliable outdoor bridging for line-of-sight environments. They are housed in a durable enclosure that can hold up to severe outside conditions and function in wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Cisco WLAN Controllers provide single-point management of WLANs by simplifying the handling of common technologies such as integrated intrusion prevention system (IPS), fast RF control, zero touch configuration, and full N+1 redundancy. Wireless LAN controllers work with small APs to deliver enhanced throughput and advanced management functions.
Cisco WLAN Controllers offer the control, scalability, protection, and fault tolerance that network managers need to build safe, large-scale wireless networks, from branch offices to small companies to main campuses. Cisco's first-generation Wireless Controllers can be clustered to provide accommodation for as many as 2400 access points for each roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Module for Integrated Services Routers provides small-to mid-size businesses and large corporations an economical way to deploy and control protected WLANs at satellite locations. These wireless controllers supervise as many as a dozen Cisco access points and are supported on Cisco 2800/3800 Series Routers and 3700 Series Integrated Services Routers. (To learn about Progent's online and onsite consulting services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and management services.)
How Progent Can Assist You with Cisco Wireless Technology
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified consulting professional to help you to plan, deploy, maintain and troubleshoot a converged wired and wireless environment incorporating a broad array of wireless technologies that offer the same security, extensibility, and manageability you demand from your wired network. Progent can help you to maintain early-generation wireless solutions from Cisco or migrate seamlessly to current 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM and CISSP security specialists can show you how to design security into your WLAN and into your company's operations. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity consultants can help you to set up the HA technology incorporated into Cisco's wired/wireless products so your converged network delivers non-stop return on investment.
Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey assists you to design and implement a robust WLAN optimized for your facilities, providing a wireless ecosystem that provides seamless coverage, high performance and density, QoS features to handle IP video, advanced security and compliance, and simplified management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed remotely to reduce time and expense, or on premises for more complex situations.
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